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Christmas Gift Inspiration 2017

A little Christmas gift inspiration to solve those gift-giving dilemmas… from the person who has everything (and more, probably), to the one who is deserving of your sincerest gratitude.

Or, for simply delighting in a spot of self-gifting…

What to gift: Christmas 2017.

Perfume: The New Classic

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It has been 15 years since Chanel has launched a standalone fragrance, and Gabrielle – named after the brand’s ubiquitous founder – combines floral elements of jasmine, orange blossom and ylang-ylang that you’d expect of a timeless Chanel fragrance.

Chanel, Gabrielle eau de parfum

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Perfume: The Debut

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The signature fragrance of the heritage New York jeweller has launched in all its Blue Box grandeur, just in time for the Christmas period. If Marilyn wore Chanel no. 5 to bed, Audrey almost certainly wore this to breakfast.

Tiffany & Co., Tiffany & Co. eau de parfum 

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Perfume: The Limited Edition

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It’s been ten years since Marc Jacobs’ Daisy first adorned our dressing tables and the distinct fusion of fruity, woody, and musk notes is still finding new fans today. This limited edition bottle, with its frosted glass bottle and added sparkles will add festive cheer to any vanity.

Marc Jacobs, Daisy eau de parfum, 10-year anniversary bottle

For the Home


US clothing and homeware export, Anthropologie, is perhaps best-known for it’s personalised approach to tableware; its very ‘Instagram-able’ monogram mug remains a firm favourite. A festive introduction is the gold-gilded monogram tumbler, adding a touch of luxe to your Christmas spirit.

Anthropologie gilded monogram tumbler

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Parisian fragrance specialists, Diptyque, know how to create luxurious home scent. Fill your giftee’s home with the soft glow of this stocking-filler sized mini candle and lightly floral fragrance of rose and woody blackcurrant leaves.

Diptyque Bailes mini candle

The gift of warmth

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The luxurious softness and timelessness of a cashmere crew neck pullover is guaranteed to please it’s lucky recipient. Classic Christmas gifting at its best.

John Lewis cashmere crew neck jumper

For the handbag fiend

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A feminine take on the classic leather satchel bag that has propelled the traditional crossbody to the front row of fashion. The Cambridge Satchel Company has had some incredible achievements in its (almost) ten-year existence, and this little bag has found a new fan right here.

To: Me, Love: Me x

The Cambridge Satchel Company, small Cloud bag in Putty grain leather

For the Magpies

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Any piece from Alex Monroe’s beautifully intricate, inspired-by-nature collections would be a very special gift indeed. The iconic bumble bee pendant remains a favourite, pictured here in 22ct rose gold.

Alex Monroe 22ct rose gold bee pendant

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With it’s history dating back to 1895, the gift of Christmas sparkle has to be Swarovski. The Remix collection, launched for autumn/winter, combines dazzling crystals with an innovative magnetic clasp to wear individually, or attach together to create unique necklace or bracelet pieces.

Swarovski Remix collection

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Matthew Calvin’s contemporary jewellery line is everything in minimalist, paired down chic. These earrings will take you from coffee shop meeting to cocktail hour in the city.

(From left) Thin wire studs in rose goldMeteorite bar earrings in rose gold

For the Sweet Tooth

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Bond Street chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker, have been making their sweet delicacies for over 140 years; an accolade only topped by its Royal Warrant. Nothing says Christmas quite like the iconic pink and gold box of its Champagne truffles.

For something a little different, the London-based gin distillery, Sipsmith, has teamed up with Charbonnel et Walker to create a delectable gin truffle selection, delicately flavoured with juniper.

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

Charbonnel et Walker Sipsmith gin Truffles

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The gift of Beauty 

Bobbi Brown’s limited edition Christmas collections never fail to impress and this year’s is no different. Perfect that party-season glow with a choice of three highlight shades, all beautifully presented in Bobbi’s festive, limited edition gold packaging. (Just look at it!)

Bobbi Brown, Bobbi To Glow: Highlighting Trio

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For the beauty enthusiast who cannot wait for the big day itself, or for the perfect self-gifted treat, an advent calendar packed with skincare and make up favourites is ideal. This one from Clinique has a very generous 24 windows of goodies to countdown to Christmas.

Clinique, 24 days of Clinique advent calendar

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Speaking of beautiful packaging (and Christmas miracles), Charlotte Tilbury has brought back three of her best-selling, discontinued nude shades. The “Lipstick Archive” trio collection sees the comeback of rosy, nude, and universally flattering pinks Miss Kensington, Between the Sheets, and Confession.

Charlotte Tilbury, Lip Archive trio

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For the frequent flyer (and product devotee), these Elemis travel-sized 50ml minis pack away as neatly into on-board hand luggage as they do a weekend getaway bag. Divinely fragranced like the cult Elemis favourite, Frangipani Monoi body oil, this duo means you don’t have to compromise on your favourite body products whilst on the go.

Also great introductory products for any recipients unfamiliar with the British spa brand.

Elemis, Frangipani Monoi Body Cream

Elemis, Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream

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For the coffee table

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Australian fashion illustrator, Megan Hess, has worked with numerous international fashion houses, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Chanel to name but a few. Her work has been published over the years and her latest title, Paris: Through a Fashion Eye, guides you around the city’s chicest fashion destinations, illustration by beautiful illustration. Head to her perfectly curated Instagram feed for a preview.

Megan Hess, Paris: Through a Fashion Eye 

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For more traditional book titles, Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series make for a timeless gift to the book worm on your recipient list. Beautifully presented, they’re sure to take pride of place on the bookshelf, too.

Penguin Classics, A Christmas Carol (and other Christmas Writings), Charles Dickens

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Winter Hamlet snow globe by Brissi

© All photography and views expressed in this blog are my own. For more information, and for details of my editorial policy, please see my blog disclaimer.



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